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The Restaurant at Knoll House, Swanage, Dorset

The Restaurant at Knoll House

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208 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British

With a focus on fine Anglo-French food and a traditionally English atmosphere, our restaurant offers a selection of dishes prepared from the freshest ingredients. The dress code is smart casual, and you can join us for breakfast from 8-10am and dinner from 6-9pm.

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Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 08:00–10:00 Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sunday Roast Lunch Sun 12:00–16:00 Afternoon Tea Mon–Sat 14:30–16:30 Dinner Daily 19:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01929 450450

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    £18.50 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Afternoon Tea is served daily in the restaurant from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Childrens Dinner

    £10.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Dinner served in the restaurant for our younger guests

What 208 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Child Friendly

  • Dorset

    Scenic View

  • Dorset

    Most Booked

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  1. PL

    PatL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely laid back restaurant with very good service

  2. NB

    NigelB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Interesting period hotel, good menu, well presented, friendly staff and super location.

  3. t

    tablemanners1

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    The head waiter gave us a window table asked,the dining room is pleasant. I ordered the sea bass which was fine if a little bland. My husband had the roast chicken which he described as fine but again bland. It was a bit like school dinners. Roast potatoes were not crispy and it was a £1 extra for a yorkshire pudding. This is a bit steep considering the roast dinner was £20 to start with. We live in the Cotswolds and can get a fantastic roast perfectly done for a lot less. Desserts were a bit of a disaster ,at £8.50 we expected a good dessert. Apparently the description of one dessert on the menu was not right so we asked what it consisted of. The waitress did not know and it took three trips to ask what it was and eventually the answer was a waffle with philadelphia on top. We decided to order as we were intrigued by then. We did not not get it as apparently it had sold out! The couple behind were told the same. We then ordered the shortcake layer consisting of crumbed shortbread with prosecco infused strawberries,layered with mascapone and ice cream. What we were given was a flat plate with dried out cake with the consitency of toast which tasted of nothing,the strawberries and ice cream were nice. This was topped with a watered down piped version of mascapone. Breakfast was very hit and miss. I had a vegetarian breakfast without eggs and the hash brown was dry and tough,the veggie sausages I can only describe as charcoaled. I took one bite and left them. I could not be bothered to ask for more as it was quite a wait for the first ones. Mushrooms were fine and the tomato. My plate was whisked away pretty quick. My husband had the full english and the eggs he said were good,same dry hash brown. I would not recommend eating there at all.

  4. T

    Tweedledum

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4

    I had taken 2 friends who although live in Poole had never been to The Knoll where as my husband and I had a few years ago spent the weekend there, and had further more been for many Breakfast, coffees and a few Lunches without any complaints what so ever , but on Sunday we were all so disappointed that we have taken the sad decision not to return until perhaps they obtain their planning permission to expand and re start at the quality that such a wonderful Hotel should be able to give to disearning clients. The main course, 3 Lamb and 1 Beef, the meat had been machine this sliced and it was evident it had been microwaved and ruined. The vegetables were passable. The Sweets were of a reasonable standard. I must say the staff were excellent. A sad and embarassing lunch for us.

  5. W

    Woodgate

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Hotel generally need a lot of money spent updating. Restaurant was fine with lovely views. Lunch was a bit disappointing with under cooked veg and slow service.

  6. MT

    MartinT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    A disappointing experience. The menu choice was poor, only soup and sandwiches available. The service was poor due to a wedding taking place, the staff said this was the reason. but still the booking was accepted with no warning of this.

  7. LP

    LouiseP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience1

    Evening meal very good , had to pay a little extra on top of meal voucher which was fine though that didn’t include our drinks bill which was put through our door in the morning which we found slightly confusing!!! Add it all together or explain when you pay the extra at the end. What let’s the eating experience down.. the staff what a shame service with a smile always works for me

  8. MC

    MarieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The service was great! Plenty of options for breakfast, very accommodating if you have fussy kids!! Didn’t have to wait long at all! Lovely spacious dinning room with great views! Staff really friendly and chatty certainly felt nothing was too much trouble!

  9. U

    Unsatisfied

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    The presentation of the food was of putting. It was just dropped the the plates. The beef was tough and able to be eaten.The pork was to thick and the mixed veg was again unable to be eaten

  10. H

    Howie

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    My wife was brought the wrong main course. On leaving we asked for bill and at the third attempt were advised to go to check in desk. After several attempts to find my name we were presented with a bill for around £11 for 2 two course meals! It took another lengthy delay for the correct bill to arrive with a service charge added, needless to say that was not accepted.

  11. KF

    KarenF

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brilliant as always .

  12. RN

    RosemaryN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Great food in a lovely setting. Difficult to get through it all as the portions are very generous

  13. DE

    DavidE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love the Knoll House hotel. A lovely atmosphere, and the the staff are really good. This time our waiter was Liam, and he was brilliant

  14. AB

    AngelaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious dinner.Varied menu .Polite friendly staff.Pleasant atmosphere with live music. Beautiful views of the Isle of Wight

  15. AR

    AnnR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice table overlooking the sea. Attentive helpful staff. Well presented and good food. An enjoyable evening.

  16. J

    Jonathan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5

    I booked thinking we were going to lunch after calling and being told to for lunch. There was only sandwiches available. We were really disappointed as we chose knoll after past fab experience . It was a special occasion which didn't go to plan

  17. S

    Suzi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Super food with friendly helpful and discrete service.

  18. p

    pennyhopkinson

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Breakfast, being our most important meal of the day when on holiday, was superb. Whatever you desired was available. Very attentive and friendly staff.

  19. LS

    LisaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4

    Great location, very unique hotel. Restaurant very nice, food delicious, added bonus of live music. Staff very helpful. Only down side is, the bar area needs updating.

  20. WG

    WendyG

    Dorset

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superbly cooked breakfast, was lucky enough to have a sea view while eating

  21. WG

    WendyG

    Dorset

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good menu choices, well presented, excellent service from staff

  22. WG

    WendyG

    Dorset

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband arranged with Alex a bottle of bubbly for our Anniversary, they went the extra steps and we had a card

  23. BR

    BexR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful location, tasty food. Great place. 100% recommend it to others

  24. WG

    WendyG

    Dorset

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good choice of full English and buffet, well presented and great staff

  25. WG

    WendyG

    Dorset

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good menu choice, well presented food and attentive staff

  26. EJ

    EmmaJ

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Fantastic continental breakfast choice followed by a lovely freshly cooked full English breakfast,hot & tasty

  27. l

    lornat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We had read mixed comments prior to our visit,but can only say in all honesty we were very pleasently suprised in all aspects. First class room, Very obliging Staff. All in all a most enjoyable stay. Michael and Lorna Tarpey

  28. PH

    PaulH

    Bath

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    I’d rather not comment (fully) tbh as it was a very disappointing breakfast & could go right into one. Just to say that with this great location, with a marvellous looking Hotel from the road. it’s a pity that all changes once you step inside.

  29. DI

    DawnIe

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    We had very nice starters but sadly the main course of our meals disappointed. The service was poor but it is early in the season so training still in progress. It was expensive for the quality of food.

  30. JC

    JCWalsh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    So good to be back - lovely food and service. Sun was shining and the view from the dining room was incredible. Glad the place still maintains this old school charm

  31. S

    Steve

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    We had Sunday lunch, 2 different roasts and a fish dish. All were not good. The fish was all skin and bones and the roasts were served in pasta bowls which meant everything was mushed together in a pile. I wish chefs would not try to be trendy and mess with what should be traditional. The roasts were not fresh carved meat either. Unfortunately being a holiday weekend there were a lot a children which where allowed to constantly run in and out of the restaurant by their parents. The serving staff were very and did offer us alternative meals but we chose not take up their offer.

  32. MP

    MaddyP

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    We spoke to the manager at the time Had Sunday roast beef -beef stringy and a lot of fat roast potatoes did not taste fresh and not crispy some vegetables underdone

  33. AT

    AprilT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent stay, lovely hotel , full of character and lovely staff.

  34. PE

    PeterE

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely. The staff at Knoll House are attentive, friendly and very helpful. The breakfast was delicious and there is so much variety that every dietary need was catered for.

  35. SM

    StevenM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    The website offers dining at lunch times. What it omits to say, even when accepting a reservation, is Lunch is a choice of sandwiches and some desserts. Lunch out as a surprise treat for my wifes birthday was certainly a surprise but less of a treat. All of that for just £66 - for sandwiches, wine and crumble dessert. Food was good though but not that good!!!

  36. C

    Chance

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Delicious Sunday lunch, quite small portions and didn’t like the pasta plates served in

  37. D

    Dougie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food served by friendly courteous staff. Will be going back

  38. AA

    AngeA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a wonderful evening we had dining in the knoll house restaurant for our 25th wedding anniversary with my parents The food and service were excellent as well as the complimentary champagne

  39. JM

    JeanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Love Knoll House even several times; for overnight stay & dinner. Always a .overly relaxed stay, with the Dogs; plenty of walks to the beach Great food

  40. SJ

    StuartJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a lovely experience.Attentive staff,lovely surroundings,very nice low key music.We were seated early,and served very quickly.I tried several cocktails,all very tasty,including my favourate..a Manhaaten.The food was very nice too,reasonable portions,and a delicious Profitterole for pudding.Yes i would definately reccommend this restaurant for dining.We will be visiting again asap and will be eating here again.A lovely experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

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The Restaurant at Knoll House is rated 4.1 stars by 208 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Restaurant at Knoll House

Knoll HouseFerry Road,Studland Swanage, Dorset BH19 3AH

Additional information

  • Area

    Swanage

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 08:00–10:00 Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sunday Roast Lunch Sun 12:00–16:00 Afternoon Tea Mon–Sat 14:30–16:30 Dinner Daily 19:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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